The future is a blank slate. Here are three things the country needs NOW. A Uniform Civil Code, Police Reforms, and more resources to the Judiciary. With an absolute majority, there is finally a chance that we just might get them.

The future is a blank slate. Here are three things the country needs NOW. A Uniform Civil Code, Police Reforms, and more resources to the Judiciary. With an absolute majority, there is finally a chance that we just might get them.

Three Things I’m Hoping Modi Will Implement

There’s no doubt that we have a tremendous opportunity in front of us. A government with an absolute majority can make tough decisions that would never have been possible under a coalition. While we’re still getting used to the novelty, here are the steps that  I feel are good for India and that need to be implemented ASAP.

1. A Uniform Civil Code

No modern liberal society has different laws for people of different religions. It’s crazy and it’s astounding that this state of affairs has continued for this long. Just because someone is born into a religion by accident shouldn’t mean that the government gets to treat them differently. To make matters worse, those most affected by disparate civil codes are women when it comes to property inheritance, and divorce laws. We need a standard civil code that is the same for everyone based on humanitarian and liberal principles. People can practice their religion in private. But as soon as it comes into contact with the government, all differences must vanish. Marriage, divorce, and property ownership are legal procedures – not religious ones. And as such, they need to be the same.

2. Police Reforms

To be fair, this has been a state matter so far. The “Modi development” paradigm is unrealistic given the fact that the PM or the center actually has very little control over our day to day environment. All that comes under the purview of the state. Nonetheless, with an absolute majority I think police reforms are mandatory. We need an independent and strong police force that doesn’t have to suck up to politicians for their daily bread. I don’t know what kind of pressure a solid central government will be able to exert on states, but Modi can make police reforms an integral part of his overhaul strategy. We need it badly.

3. More Judges and More Support to the Judiciary

Along with point No. 2, we need a hell of a lot more judges. It’s unforgivable that there are vacancies in the higher courts. India has one of the worst judge to population ratios in the world and it’s only getting worse. In addition, the Supreme Court needs to start hearing only cases of Constitutional importance. No more of this endless appeals nonsense dragging on for years. The job of the SC should be to interpret the Constitution and preserve its basic structure. Not every appeal needs to be kicked upwards. In my opinion, these three points are the ones that will have the greatest impact on India’s future. Sure, the PM also has to decide fiscal policy, control inflation, make the economic environment better for us, deal with foreign relations and defence and so on and so forth. But everyone does that. For the first time in 30 years we have a government with an absolute majority who can bite the bullet and finally do what’s right for the country without having to bother with coalition compulsions. And the above three steps are exactly what we need right now. I’m hopeful that Modi doesn’t waste his mandate in useless endeavors like the Ram mandir or whatever. He built his entire campaign on development and making India  a better place. Let’s hope he follows through.

Comments

  1. yayaver says:

    Full support on these three issues !

  2. Aditya says:

    What you’re saying is echoed by Ram Guha… that the greatest failure of Manmohan Singh is that he did nothing to reform institutions. Courts, police & bureaucrats. While some of these may not be easily reformed, bureaucratic structure & HR can certainly be improved from what it is currently. Modi has the mandate.

  3. Michael. says:

    Thanks for the interesting post. I find that your posts are a really interesting insight into India. Can you recommend any other blogs of a similar nature to yours?

    In this case, yes, I agree that a modern liberal country cannot have different rules for different religions. In fact, I would argue, religion should not have any special role to play in society, any more than the football club, or another sporting club. I didn’t realise that India still treats people differently depending on the religion of their parents (which most people inherit). I can’t comment on the other two points. But, from what I’ve read of your blog, I trust you know what you’re talking about.

  4. Offspring says:

    Let’s give credit where it is due (for unseating Modi from Guj CM)
    https://twitter.com/IndiaSpeaksPR/status/468697400274481152

    (a bit of humor to cheer up your readers, Bhagwad)

  5. Friend says:

    India requires not Only Uniform Civil Code but also gender neutral civil and criminal laws.Uniform Civil Code with out gender neutral civil and criminal laws is useless. For the list of gender biased criminal and civil laws which are destroying Indian families

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/106788620/Warning-for-Indian-Bachelors

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